Katie Hart

Illustrator and Graphic Designer at Odd Daughter Paper Co.

San Diego, California

Class of 2009, Interior Design major

As a self-employed graphic designer and illustrator, Hart has developed a stationery line now carried in shops throughout the U.S. She spends her time doing custom design work and sending out stationary orders from her shop. She also works part-time as a florist at a Coffee + Flowers shop in San Diego and is heavily involved in her church there.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

SPU helped me to think about what really matters. My USEM class was all about vocation and how God wants to use us — through what we do for “work” but more importantly, in how we live our lives. I believe God can use my graphic design and illustration career, but more than that I think he wants to use me as a person; a person who has the opportunity to love others and pursue justice.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

SPU is filled with amazing faculty and staff so it’s difficult to choose just one who made a difference in my education. My favorite and most memorable classes related to seeking justice for oppressed people and the professors who taught those classes truly impacted me. Two that come to mind: Housing taught by Dr. Sandra Hartje and a social justice elective taught by Dr. Kerry Dearborn.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

You don’t have to figure everything out right away. Trust God. Trust the process. You may end up taking a very different path than you expected and that is more than OK!